To make your appointment with us free from stress, and as comfortable as possible, we have outlined what you can expect during your appointment as well as other useful information:
- Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment (please do not arrive more than 15 minutes prior to your appointment, as we will not be able to see you before your appointment time).
- Please bring your completed Patient Welcome Packet
- Please bring a photo ID (driver’s license or passport).
- Please bring all of your health insurance cards.
- Dress casually and comfortably and bring a book or another quiet activity during wait times.
- Bring whatever snacks your diet allows unless otherwise advised in accordance with your appointment. Patients who are having a CT scan should refrain from eating for two hours prior to the test.
- Patients requiring a wheel chair may request one at the registration desk in the lobby of Milstein Hopsital.
- Plan to be with us for 3 to 4 hours.
During your appointment you will meet with members of our heart team including a cardiac surgeon, an interventional cardiologist, physician assistants, and other medical personnel.
Below is a sample of how the appointment time is organized:
- Members of our clinical team will meet with you and any family or friend you wish to be present to discuss your medical history and review the records and images we received prior to your appointment.
- You will be examined by one of our physicians or physician assistants who will ask questions about your medical history and current symptoms to help us to gain a better understanding of your condition.
- It is possible that you will be scheduled for one or more tests, such as an echocardiogram or a CT scan. We will do our best to schedule any additional testing on the same day as your appointment.
- At this point, the heart team will meet together to discuss your medical condition and agree upon the best course of treatment for you.
- The heart team will meet with you and any family member or friend you wish to have present to discuss their findings, and if necessary, their treatment recommendations.
- You will have ample time throughout your visit to ask questions.
- Following your appointment, the results of your evaluation will be communicated to your referring physician.
Note: If you have an echocardiogram or a CT scan during your appointment, the results will not be available the day of the test. A physician assistant will call you to discuss the results, typically within five days. If you have not heard from us with the results within one week, please feel free to call our offices.